Now for a little over a month now. I have been dealing with what I thought was only racoons getting my girls. I have lost 2 to them and one just got sick and died. So last night I again set my live trap. This morning I went to see what if anything was in it. I found the live trap across the coop and in it was a rat. Now I realize something else tried to get to the rat, wish it had. I did not have these problems last year. So I am wondering if they came around cause I am using the deep litter method in the run. Or the lack of rain? I throw fresh straw down every week and at nights I make sure all my girls are inside and locked down. Does anyone have any Ideas about this? I am baffled and getting frustrated.